Posts Tagged ‘Flash’

FOTD: Halloween Skeleton Makeup Look

October 20th, 2013

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With Halloween just around the corner, here is a skeleton makeup look I did. What will YOU be dressing up as this year?

Halloween skeleton makeup look
Halloween skeleton makeup tutorial

Products Used

* White 013 from Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Case – painted over the entire face and to create the teeth
* Black 011 from Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Case – painted over the eyes, nose and lips
* White shade from NARS Pandora Eyeshadow – to set over White Flash Color
* Black shade from NARS Pandora Eyeshadow – to set over Black Flash Color
* Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer – to line the waterline
* Lancome Hypnose Show Mascara in Extra Black – top lashes
* NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder Loose – to set all over

See more Halloween makeup looks created by me!

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Make Up For Ever Neutral 12 Flash Color Case Review, Swatches and Photos

October 20th, 2013

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During my trip to New York for Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Week, I was finally able to pick up the new version of Make Up For Ever Classic 12 Flash Color Case, a gorgeous compact with 12 wearable shades of neutrals geared towards professional makeup artists.

Make Up For Ever 12 Flash Color Case

Like the original Flash Color Case, this comes in a clear case. The colors are more muted and while they might not be as versatile as the primary colors you get in the original, I personally love them more (those lip shades are just to die for!) Again, certain colors are not recommended on the eye or lip areas. For instance, Kaki and most of the pink shades are not meant to be applied close to the eyes, whereas the darker colors are not meant for the lips.

* Grey 029 is a muted bluish gray.
* Neutral Brown 039 is a medium brown.
* Purple Grey 037 is a muted purple.
* Rosewood 032 is a medium warm brown with pink undertones.
* Dark Antique Pink 033 is a light neutral pink.
* Ivory 030 is a pale ivory.
* Livid 016 is a very light green with gray undertones.
* Kaki 028 is a dark khaki green.
* Pink Brown 034 is a rose with brown undertones.
* Fresh Pink 031 is a bright pink.
* Sienna 035 is a nude with brown undertones.
* Rusty Brown 036 is a warm red with brown undertones.

The colors applied with a creamy texture and excellent color payoff. I love using the pinks and nudes as lip colors and blushes, while the remaining colors are great as a wash of color on the lid. Will post a look using this next week!





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Make Up For Ever Neutral 12 Flash Color Case is available at Make Up For Ever Boutiques for $99.

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What is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm?

September 24th, 2013

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Madeira must know…What is Clarins Beauty Flash Balm? Is it a primer? A moisturizer? What does it do? (If anything).

The Beauty Brains respond:

According to Clarins this product “instantly moisturizes, brightens, and tightens facial contours so skin looks rested and relaxed.”   It also “prepares skin for perfect makeup application.” We suppose you could call this a “moisturizing primer.”

Flash in the pan

A quick look at the ingredients (see below) reveals that the product is water-based and contains the following key ingredients:

  • Hygroscopic agents (propylene glycol and glycerin) which will help bind moisture to skin. However if the climate is very dry these kinds of ingredients can actually pull water out of the skin.
  • Octyldodecanol – a hydrocarbon-based emollients that will help make skin feels smoother.
  • Starch which is a film former. That means as it dries on your skin it will make it feel tighter. This can have a temporary effect on reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

It’s also important to note what this product does NOT contain. There are no highly occlusive moisturizing agents to seal moisture in the skin, such as petrolatum or dimethicone. There are no skin resurfacing agents that would truly make this product “brightening” such as a retinoid or an alpha hydroxy acid.

The Beauty Brains bottom-line

This product should do pretty much what it claims as long as you don’t get your hopes too high. It will certainly provide some degree of moisturization (although there are much better moisturizers on the market); it will also smooth skin and help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The starchy film combined with the octyldodecanol should provide a good base for make up. Just remember that it won’t provide any sustained benefits to your skin – once you wash it off the benefits will disappear.

Beauty Flash Balm Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Propylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Glycerin, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Bisabolol, Sodium Hydroxide, Parfum/Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Citrate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Coumarin, Benzyl Salicylate, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Citronellol, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Eugenol, Limonene, Isoeugenol, Ci 15985/Yellow 6E.

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Fashion Flash and Nuance Winners Announced

July 30th, 2012

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Welcome to Fab Over Forty: Fashion Flash and Nuance Winners Announced

This week its The Glam Gals’ turn to host Fashion Flash.  Deborah and JoJami are the women behind Fabulous After 40, keeping women fashionable over 40. This week at Fashion Flash you’ll find topics discussed for women over 40 that include: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale beauty deals Plus size designers and the Olympics Anti-aging claims on […]

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Fashion Flash – Beauty, Fitness and Fashion for Women Over 40

July 18th, 2012

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Welcome to Fab Over Forty: Fashion Flash – Beauty, Fitness and Fashion for Women Over 40

Happy Monday!  This week the fabulous Geri from Fab Over Fifty is the host of our Fashion Flash.  Be sure to check out her site as a great resource for women’s topics. This week our Fashion Flash hits on the subjects of: The latest weight loss drug Get a free food planner What to wear […]

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